Well-known for his strong, quick-trigger personality, Michael Bay has reportedly stomped on the idea of doing a sequel to Transfomers -- despite earlier saying that he already had "a lot of ideas" for it -- because distributor Paramount Pictures has decided to make future releases available exclusively on HD-DVD. That would leave Blu-Ray owners out in the cold. A story on IGN.net points to a message board posting on Michael Bay's official site that was supposedly written by The Man Himself: "I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For them to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks! They were progressive by having two formats. No Transformers 2 for me!"

The post was up -- and widely reported -- Tuesday morning, but then it seems that cooler heads prevailed and the message disappeared. Forum administrator "nelson" posted a message shortly past noon: "I spoke to Michael a few minutes ago. He said he just wants people to know that we should be able to view his movies in the format of our choice. Period. Nothing more, nothing less." Admin nelson later posted: "It has nothing to do with just not wanting to do another TF movie. It's the whole undermining of DVD sales -- which are way higher than any box office gross."

I had trouble reading the message board because I kept getting "Service temporary unavailable" notices -- the forum was likely trampled by traffic, indicating the passion that people feel both about Transformers (despite what ourcritics had to say) and the whole debate about HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. Who wants to invest in one system over another when the marketplace keeps shifting like the sands in an hourglass, with studios switching formats like they change their underwear?

UPDATE: Thanks to commenter jason7343 for pointing out that Michael Bay now says on his blog he "overreacted," has "heard where Paramount is coming from" and "might be back on to do Transformers 2."
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